Google’s life sciences unit, Verily, is releasing 20 million bacteria-infected mosquitoes in Fresno
Verily’s male mosquitoes were infected with the Wolbachia bacteria, which is harmless to humans, but when they mate with and infect their female counterparts, it makes their eggs unable to produce offspring.
Male mosquitoes don’t bite, so Fresno residents won’t have to worry about itching more than they usually would.
It hopes to wipe out this potential Zika-carrying mosquito population to prevent further infections.
Bonus fact: The project is called Project Debug — which is a very very clever name :)